A stunning array of beautiful Rolex, Cartier and Breitling watches seized from criminals have been auctioned off for a fraction of their value
Ten of the top lots auctioned off – including a Rolex Perpetual Yacht-Master II worth £13,700 new that sold for £8,640 – cost buyers a total of £33,480.
Other watches sold off by West Midlands Police include the Omega Seamaster Professional Planet Ocean, which is worth £4,160 but sold for nearly £2,000.
Meanwhile the Breitling Super Ocean Automatic which is worth £4,000 went for £1,872 and the £6,600 Rolex Submariner Date attracted a price of £4,320.
Another Submariner went for £1,872 but was worth £8,600, and the £7,100 Breitling Chronomat 44 Pan Freece Tricolori went for £1,872
The watches seized at court and taken with the Proceeds of Crime Act and Police Property Act have been sold over the last few years at Aston Auctioneers in Dudley.
Chris Aston from the company said: ‘These West Midlands Police auctions are the most exciting auctions we hold with the biggest variety of items on offer.
‘They certainly make a change from the traditional antique auctions like people are used to seeing on TV.
‘The best part for both ourselves and the bidders is the fact that all of the items are sold “without reserve” so items start off very low, attracting plenty of bids and ultimately selling to the highest bidder with a 100 per cent sale rate.
Below is a list of the ten most luxury lots auctioned off by West Midlands Police which cost buyers in total a whopping £33,480.
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson said: ‘These tainted trinkets are the result of people’s suffering: criminals preyed on victims to earn their dirty money.
‘This auction sends a strong message that crime doesn’t pay and justice catches up with criminals in the end.
‘It is great to see that ill-gotten gains helping community projects across the West Midlands.
‘The money raised from these auctions will make a difference to active citizens across the region.’